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Fifteenth Century

by Barnhart Brothers & Spindler

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About this font family

The world’s first grunge typeface, Fifteenth Century, was released c1897 by Barnhart Brothers & Spindler but didn’t become popular until it was rebranded as Caslon Antique around 1918. It is important to note that this design bears no relation to the Caslon foundry, and the name change was simply a marketing gimmick. Printing historian Alexander Lawson tells us that with its new name the typeface “became the most commonly selected type for reproductions of colonial American printing” and notes its modern popularity “in everything from liquor advertisements to furniture commercials”.

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